(1960) At Last!

Etta James

... read moreAfter spending a few years in limbo after scoring her first R&B hits "Dance With Me, Henry" and "Good Rocking Daddy," Etta James returned to the spotlight in 1961 with her first Chess release, At Last. James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album's title cut, "All I Could Do Was Cry," and...

39′:54″ 14 Songs

1
Anything To Say You're Mine
Etta James
2:35
2
My Dearest Darling
Etta James
3:01
3
Trust In Me
Etta James
2:58
4
A Sunday Kind Of Love
Etta James
3:16
5
Tough Mary (Single Version)
Etta James
2:24
6
I Just Want To Make Love To You (Single Version)
Etta James
3:03
7
At Last
Etta James
3:00
8
All I Could Do Was Cry
Etta James
2:57
9
Stormy Weather
Etta James
3:07
10
Girl Of My Dreams (Single Version)
Etta James
2:21
11
My Heart Cries (Single Version)
Etta James
2:33
12
Spoonful (Single Version)
Etta James
2:50
13
It's A Crying Shame (Single Version)
Etta James
2:54
14
If I Can't Have You
Etta James
2:55
Released 15 November 1960, A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1960 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

After spending a few years in limbo after scoring her first R&B hits "Dance With Me, Henry" and "Good Rocking Daddy," Etta James returned to the spotlight in 1961 with her first Chess release, At Last. James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album's title cut, "All I Could Do Was Cry," and "Trust in Me." What makes At Last a great album is not only the solid hits it contains, but also the strong variety of material throughout. James expertly handles jazz standards like "Stormy Weather" and "A Sunday Kind of Love," as well as Willie Dixon's blues classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You." James demonstrates her keen facility on the title track in particular, as she easily moves from powerful blues shouting to more subtle, airy phrasing; her Ruth Brown-inspired, bad-girl growl only adds to the intensity. James would go on to even greater success with later hits like "Tell Mama," but on At Last one hears the singer at her peak in a swinging and varied program of blues, R&B, and jazz standards. ~ Stephen Cook